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On accutane. Require monthly blood tests. Drank alcohol. Liver enzymes high. Stopped alcohol. Will it show in the tests?

Hi, I am a teenager currently on the medication accutane and as a result I am required to get monthly blood tests. After the first month I had elevated liver enzymes due to a small amount of alcohol consumption but after taking another test about two weeks later my levels were back to normal. After my second month s test I had elevated liver enzymes again and will be taking another blood test 11 days later. I tested high this time due to a binge drinking session where I had about 9 shots but I don t want to let my doctor know that it was alcohol because my parents are involved in this process and would find out. I have now quit drinking altogether and will no longer drink while on accutane. My question is this; will my blood test come back with elevated enzyme levels 11 days after the binge? I drink plenty of water if that helps any. Thanks
Asked On : Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is very difficult to say what extent of damage your binge of alcohol would have caused to your liver and whether the liver enzymes will normalize within 11 days or not.

However, the basic point is that every time you drink, you are causing more and more damage to the liver and this recurrent damage will soon become irreversible.

Remember, that you are not fooling the doctor by trying to hide your alcohol consumption and its health consequences; you are only fooling yourself. So, please be more responsible towards yourself.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Answered: Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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